All Saints is proud to be one of Liverpool’s Primary Centres of Excellence for Modern Foreign Languages. In order to receive this status, the school has had to commit to training teaching staff and making MFL a central part of each child’s curriculum.
We have also recently applied for and been granted the Erasmus + project which will enable our school to make a new link with a French school in Rouen. This 2 year project will enable staff members to visit France and the children from both schools to communicate through E-twinning projects, skype chats and mascot exchanges.
As a school we are now striving to achieve the Primary Languages Quality Mark which will help us to continue to evaluate, develop and celebrate our achievements in foreign language provision.
Each class from Nursery to Year 6 receive an MFL lesson per week from a French specialist, FLT or teacher. There is planning based on a scheme of work to show progression throughout the Year groups. Lessons taught are a mixture of song, rhyme, games and language acquisition. By trying to make all pupil’s learning more cross curricular and meaningful, each year group is encouraged to organise as many excursions and trips out as possible linked to their term’s topic/theme.
Year 5 and 6 have internal French speaking, listening and reading tests, set by the Liverpool’s PMFL Team, and managed by a French specialist who works for the school. Languages and other cultures are celebrated in a Festival of Languages held each May, the first festival taking place in 2008. The school is very well supported by the Liverpool Modern Foreign Languages Department to whom we remain very grateful.
We have afterschool language clubs led by teachers who are aim to improve their own linguistic competence in French, Spanish, Greek and Mandarin. We provide enriching opportunities and celebrate the commitment of the children who attend clubs. For example the Spanish club were taken to La Tasca where they enjoyed experiencing tapas food. In addition, they sang their Spanish songs in Liverpool city centre. The French club have also performed songs in the Liverpool city centre. All Saints school choir have done performances where they have sung in foreign languages.
Seville 2014 and 2016
All Saints Community band have been lucky enough to experience bi – annual trips to Seville in Spain. Our fantastic Community Band have performed with the Municipal Band of Sevilla, with link schools in Seville and for the community of Seville at a range of venues. Children from All Saints and a number of children from secondary schools in the region, spend 3 exciting days meeting and performing with talented local musicians from the city as well as exploring the sights of the wonderful Andalucian city. The children experience the Spanish culture by eating tapas cuisine, watching flamenco shows and learning new Spanish phrases and vocabulary. We hope to visit again soon!